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  • Teachers voting on contract this week

    Members of Jeffco’s teachers union were expected to finish voting on the newly reworked contract with Jeffco Public Schools on Wednesday.

    Members of the Jefferson County Education Association began voting on the streamlined 10-month contract at an Aug. 21 all-members meeting, and planned to have a final result by 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to JCEA spokesman Scott Kwasny. (Visit HighTimberTimes.com for the results.)

    If JCEA members ratify the agreement with a simple majority, the school board then will vote on it Thursday.

  • Authorities raid illegal pot-growing operation in Pike National Forest

    Law enforcement officers seized thousands of marijuana plants and thousands of pounds of equipment from an illegal grow site Aug. 19 near Green Mountain in the Pike National Forest, according to a news release.

    Officers from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado National Guard Joint Counter-Drug Task Force, the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Homeland Security all were part of the raid, the release said. The team collected more than 3,900 plants and more than 3,000 pounds of irrigation pipe, pesticides, flammable liquids, camping gear and trash.

  • Littleton council considering smoking ban downtown

    The Littleton City Council is considering a ban on smoking on all public sidewalks and streets in the city’s historic downtown.

    The council will consider a motion Sept. 1 to ban smoking in public areas, including all sidewalks, a block north and a block south of Main Street between South Santa Fe Drive and Rio Grande Street. The ban would not apply to alleys or privately owned parking lots, which could be used as smoking areas for businesses downtown.

  • Authorities raid illegal pot-growing operation in Pike National Forest

    Law enforcement officers seized thousands of marijuana plants and thousands of pounds of equipment from an illegal grow site Aug. 19 near Green Mountain in the Pike National Forest, according to a news release.

  • 5 candidates challenging school board members targeted by recall

    Five candidates have stepped forward to challenge the three conservative school board members in Jefferson County who are the target of a recall effort.

    Susan Harmon, Brad Rupert, Ron Mitchell, Paula Noonan and Matthew Dhieux will contend with current board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams in the expected recall election in November.

  • County observes National Breastfeeding Month

    Jefferson County is observing National Breastfeeding Month in August by making sure working mothers know their rights and that employers know what steps they should take to accommodate their employees.

    On Aug. 4, Jeffco’s county commissioners adopted a proclamation recognizing the importance of breastfeeding; the rights of new mothers who are back at work; and the benefits to businesses that accommodate new mothers.

  • Littleton Fire Rescue to take over coverage of TrailMark neighborhood

    Littleton Fire Rescue will take over providing fire and emergency medical services to the TrailMark at Chatfield neighborhood from the West Metro Fire District in 2016.

    TrailMark is part of Littleton and is located on South Wadsworth Boulevard southwest of Chatfield Reservoir. The area had been covered by Littleton Fire Rescue until 2013, when the city contracted with West Metro Fire for $300,000 annually to cover the neighborhood.

  • West Metro Fire Rescue seeks input from residents

    West Metro Fire Rescue is hosting a series of community meetings this month to help shape the organization’s 2016 strategic plan and to hear how residents are reacting to cuts made this year after a failed mill-levy election.

    The meetings throughout West Metro Fire’s coverage area will give the organization a chance to connect with residents outside of everyday operations, said West Metro Fire Chief Don Lombardi.

  • Apartment fire displaces 14 families

    A fire Saturday afternoon at an apartment complex near Southwest Plaza mall displaced 14 families and sent one person to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

    The fire at The Dakota at Governor’s Ranch apartments, 9023 W. Cross Drive, started on a second-floor balcony in one of the complex’s buildings, said West Metro Fire spokeswoman Ronda Scholting. 

  • Girl escapes attempted kidnapping near Idledale

    A 16-year-old girl reported an attempted kidnapping Thursday afternoon near Idledale, according to a Jeffco Sheriff’s Office release.